Learning Forum - "Shining the Light on Owls"
March 31, 2019 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Learning Forums are thought-provoking presentations on a wide variety of topics. Each program features a 45-minute presentation, followed by an open forum with questions and discussion about the topic.
This week, Maggie Engler presents, "Shining the Light on Owls." This is part of our Women in History Month.
This is your chance to get up close with owls from the Black Hills Raptor Center! You’ll meet two eastern screech owls and a short-eared owl named Ina’, which is the Lakota word for “Dear Mother.” Ina’ is going to be four years old this spring. She imprinted on humans, which is why she doesn’t live in the wild.
Engler will show off the owls’ unique adaptations for hunting and raising young. You’ll also learn why some South Dakota owl species have declining populations and what you can do to provide native owls with excellent habitats.
Quick Facts about short-eared owls:
• Short-ears are a prairie species.
• They are one of the few North American owls that actually build a nest. It’s a pile of earth on the ground.
• They are primarily active during twilight.
• They hunt with hearing more than sight.
Engler is the co-founder of the Black Hills Raptor Center. She has devoted her life to conservation education and to helping people re-discover the natural world.
Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, half-off for members. Call 605-394-6923 to reserve tickets.